Eat well, live well.



So I made a scroll kit. And it’s pretty awesome. I feel like it could have a few more pictures, but I just wanted to mostly get my opinion across, rather than grossing people out with pictures of tortured little animals. I really hope to add more to this in the future because it was fun to make and I really liked the setup and design of the site. Here it is! Have a good break! (:


Feature: Canteen Vegan Cafe

ImageA dedicated vegan for 13 years, Brian decided to channel his passion for animal rights into place where locals can stop in for their daily lunch break and enjoy a healthy, 100%%vegan meal. After running two food carts in Portland called Sip, serving as vegan juice-bars with other treats such as oatmeal and vegan milkshakes, Brian decided that he wanted to expand. Canteen started in June of 2011 after he noticed that Mojo, a coffee shop around the corner from his house was closing down. “I had always really loved the shape of the building as well as the location. I always told myself ‘I’m going to open up something there someday,’” and when the opportunity came, he didn’t hesitate to make his dream a reality.

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The name Canteen comes from the European idea of a lunch break in a cafeteria as being a place for workers to come every day and eat a solid healthy meal. The café serves a variety of things, such as coffee, raw locally made chocolates, cheesecake, organic bowls, salads, and coming in 2015, local beer and wine (everything vegan of course).  One of Canteen’s signature bowls is called the Portland Bowl.

It includes:

  • Quinoa
  • Black beans
  • Green kale
  • Hazlenuts
  • Maple-baked tempe
  • Carrots
  • Northwest sauce (a garlic-lemon-cheesy type of sauce) kind of like the Yumm sauce from Café Yumm.

This local café serves as a place where vegans can come enjoy a healthy meal without having to worry about being in the presence of meat. “The vegetarian/vegan culture in Portland has evolved so much. You’re hard pressed to find a restaurant in town that doesn’t have at least one vegetarian option”.

This little café is absolutely delicious and if you’re looking for a mellow place to stop and have a quick meal, Canteen is the best choice.  Stop by, eat well, and support this animal-friendly local business.

Finally, a response!

Okay, so as everyone knows, I’ve had an extremely hard time getting any kind of vegetarian store/business/restaurant in Portland to respond to my emails about shooting a quick video. BUT, the lovely owner of Canteen in Portland finally got back to me! We are in the process of setting up an interview, so the video will be coming soon!

Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 6.52.29 PMIn the mean time, I made a super cool storify! From restaurants to personal opinions, I found a great collection of vegetarian tweets and Instagram photos from the Portland area. I’ll continue to add to it weekly and maybe add a few of my own tweets in there as well. Click here to see!


Sweet Pea Baking Co.

During high school, I discovered a cute little bakery called Sweet Pea Baking Co. in a little vegan mini-mall in Southeast Portland. Not only do they use mostly organic, local ingredients and compost 80% of their waste while also using compostable packaging for to-go orders, but everything is 100% vegan and absolutely delicious. Although they haven’t yet gotten back to me about shooting video yet, I’m confident that they will be happy to talk to me about their bakery.

From delivering wholesale to catering weddings, teaching/hosting cooking classes and making everything in-house, this bakery has it all. This bakery doesn’t only have sweets, however, it also serves soups, sandwiches, biscuits and (vegan) gravy, quiche and potatoes! 

For my video, I plan on interviewing the owner, inside of the store, because it’s very well designed and I feel that it will be very aesthetically pleasing. I’ll also get shots of delicious baked goods being taken out of the oven. 

On to filming!

Sweet Potato Tacos!

ImageJust a little preview of the sweet potato tacos that Diesel Food made for me over the weekend! In my opinion this is one of the best ways to eat sweet potatoes. Seasoned with cumin, topped off with cilantro, onions, lettuce and tomato… Everything was farmers market fresh and absolutely delicious. I have about 150 pictures and an interview about Diesel Food’s hopes and dreams, and why they went vegan. The audio slideshow will be posted soon with an array of pictures sure to make your mouth water!

An outing to the vegan mini mall! A few of my favorite places.

So this weekend, I went on an outing to the vegan mini mall in SE Portland! I go quite a bit when I’m home visiting family or in the summers, but it’s definitely been a while. Food Fight is my favorite because you rarely see grocery stores that only supply vegetarian and vegan food and products. Herbivore is pretty amazing as well because of their massive supply of clothing that doesn’t use any animal products whatsoever! And finally, Sweetpea bakery. Quite frankly, there’s nothing better than sweets that don’t harm the environment! Located on 12th and Stark in Southeast Portland, your veggie needs are all in one place!

Also this weekend, while reading through one of my usual blogs that I follow, I decided to follow them on twitter (which I wasn’t, for some unknown reason) and ask them about doing a possible interview for the project. They tweeted back in a matter of minutes with an ecstatic “We’d love to!” so it’s settled, this coming weekend, the creators of Diesel Food are going to let me film them cooking a new creation, which I believe will be sweet potato tacos! Not only will I get to meet some new people with similar eating habits and environmental values, but I’ll get to eat a delicious homemade vegan creation! What could possibly be better than that?

No animals were harmed in the making of this…

4070654377_d8ef45e741For the last seven years I’ve been a vegetarian. Ironically it all began on thanksgiving when my dad decided to make the turkey dance before we all say down for dinner. Thankfully, being from Portland, the vegetarian culture is great. I never struggle with where to eat, and the restaurants that I do choose to eat at are always full of wonderful options. I’ve chosen this as my topic because I feel that people aren’t as aware of the copious veggie restaurants as I am and I’m making it my duty to educate those around me. Vegetarianism means not eating meat, but it also means not purchasing any animal products. Not only are there an abundance of vegetarian restaurants and grocery stores in Portland, but boutiques as well! Being vegetarian is so much more than just not eating meat.

Some of my favorite vegetarian things:

1. Great for recipes:

2. More recipes!

3. One of my favorites in Portland: Food Fight is a vegan grocery store located in in SE Portland. They have everything from soy milk to condoms to junk food. Anything your little heart may desire with no animals harmed in the process.

4. One of my favorite vegan blogs is Stumptown Vegans. This blog was started by two vegan friends who wanted to spread the word about their favorite vegan restaurants in the Portland area.This website is fully equipped with pictures of delicious meals, educated reviews, and on top of that, you can search by what you’re craving.

5. Something that I just discovered, uh, about five seconds ago, is a vegetarian/vegan cooking school! Vegan Fusion is a company whose goal is to promote the vegan lifestyle.

Recently an article was posted on Oregon Live, raising the question of whether or not Portland will be able solve the hunger crisis, as while it’s the best place for vegetarians, it’s also the worst place for the lower class. I find it interesting that Portland has such an amazing food culture, but such a huge hunger problem. It seems ironic and avoidable, and clearly not enough is being done about it.

Portland was also named as the second best place in the United States to live if you’re a vegetarian by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). So if you’re as disgusted by meat as I am, or if you just need a change in diet, head on up to Portland and see what all of the hype is about!